Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting
Save the date: Monday, December 5, 2022
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 75th Annual City of Temple Christmas Parade - we hope you had just as much fun as we did!
We'll see everyone next year - Monday, December 5, 2022!
Temple Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce the winners of the 75th Annual Christmas Parade - of the 22 entries that requested to be judged here are the top 10 as determined by our panel of judges!
1st place: Taylor's Valley Baptist Church
2nd place: Copperas Cove Miss Five Hills
3rd place: Elite Outdoor Design
4th place: SPJST
5th place: Trinity Lutheran Church
6th place: Bell County Communications 911
7th place: Interim Healthcare of Texas
8th place: Scott Elementary IB World School
9th place: Temple Founder Lions Club
10th place: Mathnasium
Thank you to all of our participants for putting in the work to make this parade special! If you would like to be part of the parade next year keep an eye on this page - the application usually goes live at the beginning of October. Happy holidays everyone!
Schedule of Activities
4:00 pm – 6th and 8th Streets closed for parade entries
4:30 pm – Come early to get a great seat in the bleachers in front of City Hall, visit the local shops for some early Christmas shopping, or enjoy a leisurely meal in any of our Downtown restaurants.
5:45 pm– No traffic allowed down Adams Avenue
6:15 pm- Mayor Tim Davis will light the Municipal Building's holiday decorations and the City's Christmas tree located in the municipal parking lot of City Hall (2 N. Main Street).
6:30 pm – Parade begins featuring over 100 illuminated entries.
Entries featuring community groups and supporters from around Temple.
Local personalities from around Central Texas on our announcer stands!
The parade takes approximately 90 minutes to traverse the entire route.
7:20 pm– Santa begins his trip down the parade route on a specially designed float.
The City of Temple takes public safety seriously. Temple Police Department and Temple Fire and Rescue will be on-site, and safety measures will be in place during the event.
Here are a few other safety tips for parade attendees:
- If you have children with you, take a group selfie before heading out. Then, if anyone gets separated, you will have an up-to-date photo of the missing person and what they are wearing.
- Have a meeting place, and make sure everyone knows where to meet in case anyone gets lost. Do not rely on mobile devices since service is not always guaranteed in large crowds. Additionally, phones die.
- Instruct your children to go to a police officer if they become lost.
- Travel in groups to and from parking spots, and be aware of your surroundings.
- Leave nothing of value in plain sight in your car.
- Carry valuables (I.D., keys, cash, etc.) in your front pocket.
- Stay away from and off of the street.
- Place chairs and other items away from the corner of any sidewalks.
- See something, say something. Like any public event, pay attention to your surroundings and report any suspicious activity to the police.
- Dress for the weather. Bring the right kind of clothes to protect you and your family from the elements.